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Lance Leipold: ‘Those Are The Guys That We Want’

Lance Leipold

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold knows what he wants, and he believes his 2023 signing class embodies it.

Leipold talked to the media after the Jayhawks wrapped up the first day of the early signing window with a dozen signings from eight different states. That list didn’t include a big transfer portal get for the Jayhawks, as Colorado State defensive lineman Devin Phillips, considered a Top 15 transfer, announced he would sign with Kansas.


Phillips is a graduate transfer with one year left, so he likely won’t take much playing time away from the dozen prep players that Leipold and his staff signed on Wednesday. Many of them embody the sort of attitude that helped Kansas go 6-6 this season and reach a bowl game for the first time in more than a decade.

“If you’d like to go to a place that’s kind of paid for you and you like slitting throats you can do that,” Leipold said, via the Kansas City Star’s Shreyas Laddha. “At the same time, if you want to be part of something that you’re going to be able to talk about when you’re closer to my age and be darn proud of, those are the guys we want.”

All of Wednesday’s signees are considered three-star players by most recruiting services. But Leipold and his staff have already shown a knack for turning three-star players into four- and five-star players.


The 12 players that signed with Kansas on Wednesday include defensive tackle Marcus Calvin (6-foot-2, 308 pounds), Gibbs HS/ St. Petersburg, Fla.; cornerback Jameel Croft (6-foot, 177 pounds), Martin Luther King HS/Detroit, Mich.; safety Taylor Davis (6-foot, 180 pounds, Ridge Point HS/Missouri City, Texas; offensive lineman Calvin Clements (6-foot-7, 290 pounds), Free State HS/Lawrence, Kan.; defensive end Tony Terry Jr. (6-foot-3, 240 pounds), Jackson HS/Bufordville, Mo.; defensive tackle Blake Herold (6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Shenandoah, Iowa; wide receiver Jarred Sample (5-foot-10, 175 pounds), Cypress Ranch HS (Cypress, Texas); wide receiver Keaton Kubecka (6-foot-2, 198 pounds), Westlake HS (Austin, Texas); tight end Jaden Hamm (6-foot-5, 225 pounds), Eudora, Kan.; running back Johnny Thompson Jr. (5-foot-11, 186 pounds), Oaks Christian School/Canoga Park, Calif.; wide receiver Surahz Buncom (6-foot-3, 170 pounds), Mater Dei Catholic/San Diego, Calif.; and linebacker Logan Brantley (6-foot-2, 211 pounds), Cherry Creek HS/Denver, Colo.

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